Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub
Book of J
Friday, August 10
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm; Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (Ages 21+ thereafter)
The August Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal showcases the other-worldly talent of renown local musicians reinterpreting traditional folk music from Eastern Europe with a groundbreaking new sound.
Dan Cantrell is an Emmy-award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist who has emerged as one of the most virtuosic and well-known American accordionists. Dan’s music can also be heard accompanying individual dance choreographers and performers on stage and in film. Dan is appreciated by audiences and collaborators his love for the idiosyncratic and flawed beauty found in live acoustic performance and his exploration of haunting and mysterious ambient sound textures.
Book of J is the collaboration of singer-guitarist Lockwood and Charming Hostess vocalist Eisenberg. According to The New Yorker, Book of J is “an affecting duo with an expansive musical landscape encompassing gothic Yiddish songs, Piedmont blues, and queer politics. Both musicians have deep roots in Jewish music: Lockwood grew up singing in the High Holidays choir of his grandfather, a renowned cantor, while Eisenberg continues to lead the experimental, politically-minded Jewish vocal group Charming Hostess.” And the SJ Mercury News describes Book of J as “weird in all the best ways.” Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg is a musician and composer working at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness. Her music is mostly released with John Zorn’s Tzadik label on the Radical Jewish Culture imprint. Her installation work has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan; she performs regularly in Europe and the Americas. She has been a visiting artist at CalArts, MIT, the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado.
Jeremiah Lockwood has played around the world from Montreal Jazz to the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali, as the leader of The Sway Machinery and as the guitarist in the Balkan Beat Box. Jeremiah was a recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, an Artist-in-Residence for the Forward and a Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. He is currently completing a PhD on Khasidic cantorial music at Stanford University.